A writer can never be on the side of killing: Syrian poet Adonis on revolution, religion, and renaissances. | NYRB
Of Gertrude Stein and the redundancy of war: On Don Mee Choi’s collection of poetry, prose, and opera, Hardly War. | BOMB Magazine
“The problem is so systemic, ingrained, and complex that it’s hard to decide where to start tackling it.” More on diversity in publishing (and a suggestion that unionizing could help). | Broadly, The Nation
“The result of this is, when you try to write about guns in America, you can’t bother to use the news peg approach. Any peg you choose goes by too quickly, replaced by another.” Alexander Chee on America’s gun culture. | Longreads
Books by two of the earliest women writers in English, including the first English autobiography, are being displayed together for the first time. | The Guardian
The cover of George Saunders’s first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, and his thoughts on finally writing one (I’m just gonna discharge it). | Vulture
Scholar Michael Maar shares his theory of Lolita, which holds that it makes coded references to an unimportant, Nazi-supporting German writer. | The Paris Review
In honor of National Poetry Month, ten designers animated the poetry of Tracy K. Smith, Patricia Lockwood, and others. | The Washington Post
On John D’Agata’s and David Shields’ lofty ambitions for the lyric essay, freed from the tyranny of both make-believe and fact. | Harper’s Magazine
“Winterson’s work offered me a safe house in my war with my own body.” How hearing Jeanette Winterson speak at AWP saved SJ Sindu’s life. | Los Angeles Review of Books
The New Yorker writers pay tribute to Prince and “his music, his spirit, his playfulness, his petulance, his bravery, his youth, his wisdom, his weirdness, his virtuosity, and his vision.” | The New Yorker
Idra Novey on translating daydreams about goat udders and “the immense pleasure of blushing at the wildness” of her own writing. | Catapult
And on Literary Hub:
Poetry Day on Lit Hub: Jay Parini investigates if Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” was really about Donald Trump; Charles Bernstein on Larry Eigner: how an obscure poet with cerebral palsy influenced an entire generation; Loma calls for a new kind of literary activism; From Tommy Pico’s book-length poem, IRL; “Every poem I write is about Ted Cruz”: Gabriel Ojeda-Sague on poetry, Santería, and not feeling Latino “enough”; Remembering the great C.D. Wright and how she used poetry to address injustice; 30 contemporary poets you should be reading; Five Pacific Islander poets: a folio curated by Craig Santos Perez; Two new poetry podcasts for your listening pleasure.
The story of one writer’s path from prison to publication: part one of Mitchell S. Jackson’s documentary, The Residue Years; Part two of Mitchell Jackson’s documentary; And the conclusion of Mitchell Jackson’s autobiographical documentary, The Residue Years.
How I write history (or, a window into my crazy). Neal Bascomb on quilt-making, research, and structuring historical narrative.
Marta Bausells on the perks of getting lost at the London Book Fair.
Eric Fair on practicing “enhanced interrogation techniques,” now known as torture, for the US Government.
“Running a boatyard is like working in a dementia clinic”: from Jim Lynch’s new novel, Before the Wind.
Karl Ove Knausgaard drives around with his two-year-old daughter, talks to Paul Holdengraber about parenthood, phenomenology, and not really caring what America thinks.